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A-K Valley roundup: Boda twins shine for Highlands basketball teams

| Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, 12:03 a.m.

Ryan and Nicole Boda are fraternal twins, but they had nearly identical performances Monday.

The Highlands juniors each set new career highs for points as they led their respective teams to victories at holiday tournaments.

First, Nicole Boda scored 32 points as the Highlands girls beat Springdale, 75-25, at the West Shamokin tournament. Ashlyn Jonczak added 20 points and Renee Cebula had 13 for the Golden Rams (6-2).

Jill Henley scored 11 points for Springdale (0-8).

Ryan Boda, meanwhile, connected on eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points as the Highlands boys defeated Cheswick Christian Academy, 85-33, in the St. Joseph tournament. Jamison Nee scored 21 points for the Class AAA No. 5 Golden Rams (5-3), while Mitch DeZort added 19. Highlands scored 39 points in the second quarter.

Ben Pollock scored 16 to lead Cheswick Christian (2-8).

The Highlands girls will play West Shamokin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the West Shamokin tournament championship game, while the boys will play St. Joseph in the St. Joseph tournament championship at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Boys basketball

St. Joseph 58, Serra Catholic 50 — Brendan Marks-Matsen scored 21 points to lead St. Joseph (4-4) past Serra Catholic (1-8) in the St. Joseph tournament. St. Joseph went 7 of 12 from the foul line in a high-scoring fourth quarter. Vincenzo Schiano diCola added 12 points for the Spartans. Gabe Glusic and Ben Zoughlin both led the Eagles with 11 points.

Freeport 44, East Allegheny 38 — Freeport (4-4) erased a three-point first half deficit to beat East Allegheny (6-2) in the Freeport round-robin tournament. Josh Beale scored a game-high 16 points and had four steals, and Kris Keppel added 10 points for the Yellowjackets.

Deer Lakes 75, Northgate 33 — Four Deer Lakes players scored in double figures as the Lancers (2-6) rolled to a victory over Northgate (1-8) at the Shady Side Academy tournament. Zach Butler led the way with 17 points. Scott Kelly and Jake Spirnock each had 11 points, and Alex Nichols added 10.

Riverview 55, Trinity Christian 41 — Nico Sero and Paul Knapp both had 18 points to help Riverview (6-3) defend its home court at its tournament. The Raiders led by four after three quarters, but pulled away by outscoring Trinity Christian (3-5), 15-5, in the fourth. Riverview will play Sto-Rox in the championship game at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Latrobe 76, Plum 66 — James Edwards scored 22 points, but Class AAAA No. 5 Mustangs' fourth-quarter rally came up short against No. 1 Latrobe (8-0) at the Penn Hills County Challenge. Austin Butler scored 12 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter for Latrobe and hit five 3-pointers. Jack Marold had 17 points for Plum (6-2), sinking five 3-pointers, while Kevin Brown added 10. Robby Deemer pulled down 19 rebounds.

Hampton 55, Kiski Area 50 — Kiski Area (2-6) couldn't hold on to a six-point halftime lead as Hampton (6-3) got the win over the Cavaliers in the Hampton tournament. DeShawon Bracy scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. Mark Shehadi led Hampton with 19 points.

Seneca Valley 58, Armstrong 49 — Despite a game-high 26 points from Nate Baillie, Armstrong (1-8) fell to Seneca Valley (4-4) at the New Castle tournament. Tanner Witenski added 12 points for the River Hawks, who dropped their eighth consecutive game. Jack Cook led Seneca Valley with 14 points.

Butler 67, Fox Chapel 65 — The Foxes saw an eight-point lead vanish in the fourth quarter as they dropped their opening game of the Shady Side Academy tournament against Butler. Mike Zappala scored 17 points to lead Fox Chapel (1-7). Connor Ollio led Butler (6-3) with 20 points.

Girls basketball

Deer Lakes 54, St. Joseph 44 — Deer Lakes (4-4) held on to a 29-19 halftime lead and downed St. Joseph (3-5) in the St. Joseph tournament. Mackenzie Kacsur scored a game-high 18 points and Alexa Burke added 12 for Deer Lakes.

Alex Jones scored a team-high 15 and Lizzy Celko chipped in 11 to lead the Spartans.

Freeport 39, Knoch 35 — Jenna Manke recorded a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, as Freeport defeated Knoch in the first round of the St. Joseph tournament. Kim Mixon added 10 points for Freeport (2-7).

Alyssa Logan scored a game-high 13 points for Knoch (0-9).

West Shamokin 60, Valley 8 — Andrea Orlosky scored a game-high 16 points to help the host Wolves to victory in the West Shamokin tournament. West Shamokin (5-3) led 25-0 after the first quarter.

The Wolves play Highlands in the championship game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Apollo-Ridge 62, Wilkinsburg 8 — The Vikings took a 17-2 lead at the end of one quarter and cruised to a first-round victory over Wilkinsburg in the Apollo Trust tournament. Megan Ost scored 12 points to lead Apollo-Ridge (6-3). Megan Bonelli and Jackie Rearick added 10 apiece for the Vikings. Apollo-Ridge will play Saltsburg in the tournament final at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Saltsburg 55, Leechburg 44 — Mikayla Lovelace had a game-high 26 points, but the Blue Devils (6-3) fell in the Apollo-Ridge tournament. Saltsburg outscored Leechburg, 21-6, in the third quarter. Abbie Okopal scored 19 points to lead Saltsburg.

North Hills 51, Fox Chapel 44 — North Hills took a 15-point lead into halftime and held off the Foxes in the second half to win the opening game of the Moon tournament. Jamie Halloran led the Indians (6-2) to their sixth straight win. Gabby Badway led the Foxes (3-4) with 17, and Taylor Cohen added 12.

Plum 43, Ocean View (Ca.) 37 — The Mustangs (4-4) rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit with a late 18-2 run to score a victory at the KSA tournament in Orlando. Maria Lawhorne led Plum with 12 points.

Hampton 48, Armstrong 41 — Despite Kenzie Lasher's game-high 15 points, Armstrong (4-5) fell to Hampton (7-1) in the Hampton tournament. Catie Cujas added 10 points for the River Hawks.

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